Central Illinois Red Cross Tips for a Safe Fourth of July

Northern Minnesota Red Cross Tips for a Safe Fourth of July
An estimated 5,200 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms from June 22, 2012 and July 22, 2012.

The American Red Cross would like everyone to enjoy a safe summer holiday, and offers these special tips on travel, water safety, fireworks and outdoor cooking safety to help you and your loved ones have a great weekend.

Travel tips to keep you safe on the highway:

  • Carry an Emergency Preparedness Kit in your trunk.
  • Buckle up, slow down and if you plan on drinking, designate a driver.
  • Be well rested and alert; give your full attention to the road.
  • Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see well, especially at night.
  • Pay attention to the forecast for your destination. Travel and weather web sites can help you avoid storms.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.
  • Firework safety:

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, an estimated 5,200 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms from June 22, 2012 and July 22, 2012. You can enjoy these Fourth of July staples safely by doing the following:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close-by as a precaution.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.
  • Safe Grilling:

    Nothing says summer quite like the smell of barbecue. Make sure safety is a key ingredient in your Fourth of July by reading the following tips for safer grilling:

  • Use gas and charcoal barbecue grills outside only.
  • Position grills far from siding, deck railings, overhanging branches and house eaves.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Water safety at the pool and beach:

  • Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others. Never swim alone.
  • Adults should never leave a child unobserved around water. Practice "reach supervision" by staying within an arm's length of young children and weak swimmers.
  • Watch for the "dangerous too's"... too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
  • Post CPR instructions and directions to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number in the pool area.
  • For more Red Cross Fourth of July safety tips, please visit arcillinois.org/tip-library/fourth-of-july-safety.